Every time I say “C-with-Linux-for-hardware classes,” I feel a little like Derek Zoolander: The Alanna Kelly C Workshop for People Who Can’t Code Good and who Wanna Learn to do Other Stuff Good Too.
Our C-with-Linux-for-hardware classes, hosted by Alanna Kelly, will begin on this Tuesday, November 19, and run for a total of three weeks with the goal of building a simple electronic dice that has been coded in C. You’ll learning soldering, electronics, C, and Linux at an introductory level.
Access to a laptop is mandatory; and an installation of a Linux shell, vim text editor, and GCC compiler are all very strongly recommended. If you run Windows or do not know how to install GCC, a remote shell accounts on an 091 Labs Ubuntu server will be available for the duration of the classes.
The cost of the four classes is €40, along with €10 for electronic components.
- Tuesday November 19, from 7pm to 10pm.
- Once a week thereafter, for three subsequent weeks.
- Have access to vim, GCC, and Linux.
- Shell accounts to a remote Ubuntu server will be provided if you don’t have any of the above.
- You will learn C, Linux, and simple electronics (soldering, wiring).
- The overall project will be to build and take home an electronic six-sided dice.
You are required to have:
- A laptop with network access.
- Either a Linux installation with GCC, or an installed terminal and SSH. OS X has this in Terminal.app, and for Windows you can install either Cygwin or PuTTY.
Linux scripting and programming courses @091labs.
Four weeks, four classes, beginning August 19, 7pm.
- The fundamentals of computer programming.
- Installation and maintenance of a Linux system.
- Bash shell syntax, structures, and pipelines.
- Practical tasks for shell scripts.
- Passing data to and from binary programs.
- Binary shell programming with C#/Mono.
- Laptop computer.
- Installation media (USB key, CD-R or DVD-R).
- €40 general rate for the full workshop.
- €20 reduced rate for hackerspace members and students.
For more information, contact or visit:
Bare blurbs aside, I plan to use Ubuntu for this, and start off by showing people how to install Linux on their laptop. If they survive that (and the scary liability release for my assistance), delve into Boolean logic, basic structures, and hopefully devote most of my time to doing cool and practical things with the Bash shell.
I don’t intend to handhold through the Linux installation: If you want to program or script with Linux, I expect that you at least be comfortable enough to partition your laptop and install it. I really recommend that you come into this workshop with either a function Linux installation, OS X installation, or a Cygwin installation so you can begin working immediately – example code I use will be usable in both environments (except for the respective path differences).
The Big Topics of the shell workshop include:
- Refreshment on elementary subjects: Boolean logic, Linux and its shell.
- Input and output (STDIN, STDOUT, STDERR), and redirection.
- Pipelines, and using them to build workflows.
- Parsing, searching, and appending to files.
- Coding standards and best practices.
- Everyday uses and examples of shell scripts.
- Including your own binary programs (C#/Mono) in your workflow. I will cover basics of this.
Come one, come all, and geek out to your heart’s content. :)
A suitably admonished Padraic is talking to you today.
I had several people contact me since posting late last week about our upcoming Python and Linux classes, members of 091 Labs and non-members alike.
The members pointed out to me that I had not left much time between making the classes public and the actual beginning of the classes. When talking to others over the weekend, they were surprised to learn that they too had to sign up on the Eventbrites even if they were planning to pay on the day. This rapidly explained the perceived lack of interest by the members!
Members of the public also contacted me saying that their funds in January were still in rather short supply and they would have attended if it had started a few weeks later. Some asked if they could sign up as members of the Labs on the day and get the member discount for the two classes (which is a yes).
So to clarify:
- Python classes that were to start on the 22nd of January have been postponed two weeks until the 5th of February. Classes run 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th.
- Linux classes that were to start on the 23rd of January have been postponed two weeks until the 6th of February. Classes run 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th.
- Saturday classes starting on the 9th of February are unaffected and continue at 2pm-4pm for Python and 5pm-7pm for Linux.
- To let us have an idea of numbers in advance and avoid confusion on the door, people who wish to attend should please sign up on the appropriate Eventbrite. I have made a ticket option for those who wish to pay on the door.
- And yes, you can join the Labs on the day to get the member discount.
I’d also like to say thanks and sorry to all those that have so far promoted the classes for us. I hope that these changes won’t stop you from promoting future Labs events! =)
Link to the blog post with class details: http://091labs.com/2013/01/upcoming-linux-and-python-intro-courses/
Python Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.ie/event/5247276746
Linux Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.ie/event/5254761132
We in 091 Labs are kicking off our 2013 classes with a bang!
Starting next week are a series of 4 introductory classes in both Linux and Python. Due to the many requests we’ve received over the last year, we’re going to try an experiment with these. Attendees are given the option of choosing one of three time tracks to attend for either and that is the time they attend every week. More info on the classes below
The price for attending is €5 per class for 091 Labs members (€20) and €10 per class for the Public (€40) paid in advance online or at the first class. Links to the various Eventbrites below.
Intro to Python
What you will learn
Start with the basics of programming and how they are dealt with in Python3, moving through functions, data structures, and classes before explaining correct code style. Then stepping into more advanced topics of data handling and files, using the underlying operating system. Following that we’re delve into some functional programming, packaging and installing programs, and some basic server and web templating.
- Tuesdays from 1pm – 3pm weekly from February 5th (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) – dates changed to February as per update below
- Tuesdays from 7pm – 9pm weekly from February 5th (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) – dates changed to February as per update below
- Saturdays from 2pm – 4pm weekly from February 9th (9th, 16th, 23rd, 2nd)
Intro to Linux
What you will learn
What Linux is and how to interact with it in a more in depth nature. We’ll bring you from installation through the structure of Linux, to command line and manipulating data, then user and group management to remote access.
- Wednesdays from 1pm – 3pm weekly from February 6th (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th) – dates changed to February as per update below
- Wednesdays from 7pm – 9pm weekly from February 6th (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th) – dates changed to February as per update below
- Saturdays from 5pm – 7pm weekly from February 9th (9th, 16th, 23rd, 2nd)
1: Just made a correction to the blog post. The Saturday classes of Python are from 2pm to 4pm and the Linux from 5pm to 7pm. Many thanks to Alan for noticing the error!
2: We’ve just reschedule the weekday classes by two weeks. Details on this blog post
This coming Wednesday at 7.30pm, Gerard Ryan will be giving a 2 hour tutorial on the basics of Git, the version control system. Entry for the tutorial is €2 for 091 Labs members and €5 for non-members.
Git has been gaining popularity since it was created by Linus Torvalds in ’05 and various online source code repositories like Github, Gitorious, and BitBucket that support it have been booming in recent years with user activity as programmers and web developers move from other version control systems like Mercurial.
Gerard will explain the Pros and Cons of using Git and he’ll cover what’s needed to get you started using Git following the basics commands and will expand into some more advanced areas along with answering questions if time allows.
Installing Git is not included in the time from 7.30pm but it’s really easy to install for most operating systems from here. I’ll be in from 7pm for anyone who has any questions or problems with getting Git running.